Aerial panoramic view of the main symbol of Thessaloniki city
As Greece's cultural capital, Thessaloniki has several museums, from ancient history to contemporary art. Established in the 15th century, visit the White Tower Museum and enjoy panoramic views of Mount Olympus from the top floor. There's also the Museum of Byzantine Culture (housing over 3,000 artefacts), The Jewish Museum, the Olympic Museum and the Cinema Museum.
Aerial view of Thessaloniki from the ancient walls of the castle and Trigonion Tower
Thessaloniki's upper city and old town, Ano Poli was the only surviving neighbourhood from the 1917 Great Fire. Surrounded by heavy Byzantine walls, today it's home to cobblestoned streets and Ottoman-era architecture that you can spend a relaxing afternoon walking around on your Thessaloniki, Greece holiday. Don't miss the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Monastery of Vlatadon, Pasha's Garden and a stunning sunset from Trigonion Tower.
Thessaloniki, Greece travel requires a lot of walking, so be prepared to explore the city on foot. Start with a stroll along its 3-mile seaside promenade. It connects the Museum of Photography, the White Tower of Thessaloniki and Thessaloniki Concert Hall. It's also lined with bars, restaurants and several thematic gardens like the Alexander the Great Garden. Don't miss The Umbrellas, a modern sculpture, along the way.
When you visit Thessaloniki, Greece, you must explore one of its two open-air markets, Modiano and Kapani. It's where you'll find the city's best local products, strong Greek coffee and typical Greek tavernas. Try historic treats like koulouri (a sesame seed-covered bread ring) and bougatsa, a filo pastry with custard filling.
No cruise to Thessaloniki, Greece is complete without a day spent shopping up and down Tsimiski Street. This street is lined with both independent Greek designer boutiques and big brand names. If you prefer finding vintage treasure, head to Agias Theodoras. For a unique souvenir, visit Bord De L'eau, a small local design studio specialising in handmade jewellery, including iconic evil eye earrings.
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